RMAF 2017

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  3 comments
There may be US shows with greater attendance, but there is a special energy about the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest that sets it apart from the rest, and keeps exhibitors and dedicated audiophiles returning year after year.

Thus was it fitting that, at the end of the Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Awards (RIHPA) on the first night of the show, Gabi Rijnveld of Crystal Cable (left above) presented show organizer Marjorie Baumert (right) with a crystal rose pendant in honor of her dedication to the industry members and consumers who make high-end audio what it is.

Herb Reichert  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  2 comments
Sunday afternoons at audio shows are when the good sound is just kicking in. The rooms' components have recovered from the trauma of travel and are starting to purr. Unfortunately, that's when the toys go back in the boxes. That is also when this humble reporter looks like he's been dragged behind a car.

And this Sunday, just when I thought I was done being dragged, I get this mad call from an out-of-breath Jason Victor Serinus, saying, "Herb! Get your ass up to room 1125 (the Parasound-Tekton room). The sound is amazing, and you must listen to this speaker. Hurry up!"

Herb Reichert  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  3 comments
Vana Ltd. had two rooms at RMAF. Both rooms had stereo systems set-up, but the first room I entered was filled by a hoard of standing, chattering people of all sexes. It looked like they were making big business deals so I decided to not eavesdrop or interrupt. However, the sound of music coming from the Vana room next door was inviting. I slipped in and was greeted warmly by Nancy Weiner and Audio Physic's Manfred Diestertich.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  7 comments
Day three began with me feeling sick and beaten down. I needed to pay a visit to the doctor. Dr. Vinyl. (But also probably a real doctor, too.) Jose Ramirez (aka Dr. Vinyl) always knows how to make his listeners feel at ease.
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  4 comments
Last year, Vaughn Loudspeakers' flagship Plasma Signature towers ($20,000/pair), featuring eight midrange drivers in a bipolar configuration (four front and four rear), a 12" powered subwoofer, and their signature plasma tweeter, were my BIG best-in-show discovery…
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  73 comments
Everything matters. Everything is not always necessary, but everything does make a difference….
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  9 comments
For those who have been thinking it's time for the people in white coats to carry me away—they actually did.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  7 comments
Wanna see the speaker component of my hands-down steal system of RMAF 2017…?
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  1 comments
Impressive bass control and speed on a recording of taiko drums, excellent timbres, and an equally captivating sense of spaciousness on Lyle Lovett's "North Dakota" left no question that this attractive mid-priced system from Paradigm and Anthem would make many an audiophile very, very happy.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  5 comments
Overheard in the hallway:
"Babe, can you please buy me that cable?"
"But I just bought you so much for your birthday…!"
And just like that, day two begins.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  0 comments
I didn't need Rapunzel to let down her golden hair in order to ascend the Marriott Tower. Rather, on Saturday afternoon, I encountered so many good systems in a row on the 7th floor that the music simply pulled me up.
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  8 comments
During my brief audition, this new, 6922 tube-equipped Stax amplifier played smother, slightly fuller, a little lusher, and, less electrostatically…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  4 comments
Well-organized and presented, with winners that, in almost all instances, made sense, these were awards of substance, and worthy of your attention…
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  2 comments
"Oh my god, Justin Timberlake? That room's next." I thought to myself…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  2 comments
When the Greek poet Hesiod and Roman comic dramatist Plautus wrote about moderation in all things, I'm not sure they had in mind RMAF's Saturday morning seminar, "High Resolution Audio: Have files Eclipsed Physical Media?" Nor, in fact, did I…

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